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Central Market Hall, Budapest

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Farmers Market Food & Drink
The largest and oldest indoor market in the city, Central Market Hall, offers a variety of food, candy, spirits, and souvenir stalls. Let your mouth water as you wander the first floor of this Neo-Gothic building past fresh produce, meats, sweets, spices, liquors, and wine. The second floor houses mostly souvenir shops and eateries, and the basement features butcher shops, a fish market, and pickled goods. Built in 1897 and restored in the 1990s, this market was the idea of Budapest's first mayor, Karoly Kamermayer, and is now one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. Try local specialties, such as deep-fried lángos. Put Central Market Hall on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Budapest travel itinerary planner.
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  • Wonderful selection of fresh fruit & vegetables & cold meats & of course we purchased a mound of various paprikas! Some clothes & souvenirs but mainly food. Ate lunch upstairs, very good selection of ...  more »
  • Walking around you can get a sense of what this place used to be like. Sure there is a lot more focus these days to hawk stuff to tourists and honestly, I don't blame them either, it's just a shame yo...  more »
  • Packed with people and selling about the same stuff,, expensive and over price ...good to look and if you wish to buy, do it in supermarket ,,, overprice for everything and repeating on the items / pr...  more »
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  • The building is really nice, but this is definitely a tourist trap. The downstairs had loads of fresh food, that looked reasonably priced. The upstairs had overpriced "street food", and was very crowded, so it was hard to get served and there was no where to sit. I ordered a wrap, which after the server added a few extras came to over £10! (More than a restaurant with table service!) Basically say no to everything they ask after ordering (I picked a specific combination), or the cost will quickly go up. Even cheese on top means you will get charged twice for cheese! I'm not sure why it is so crowded, but the only local I saw ordered a wrap with one topping, which was much, much cheaper, and easier to eat.
  • It's a nice place to visit. The lower level features local produce.There are beautiful vegetables, fruits, and an assortment of meats and spices. The upper level is handicrafts and also features some stands with already prepared food like Goulash and other tasty local dishes. To be honest it's not a must see stop but if you have the time and are looking for some souvenirs then it is worth a walk around.
  • Fascinating building. Take in the sights sounds and smells of this wonderful place. Grab a coffee on the upper tier & people watch. If you enjoy photography, then this is a must, some great colours and subjects. I did want to grab some food from the upper floor but by the time we arrived it was absolutely full. You could hardly make your way past people queuing on one side and people sitting/standing to eat on the other side, with people trying to pass both ways in the middle. Arrive early if looking for food as it all looked amazing and some stalls justifiably had long queues. Still recommend visiting this attractive market.
  • Nothing to buy there. Forget food. It's not cheap, servers are rude and not enough sitting area where if you sit on a table front of a food vendor but the food is from the next vendor, you are likely to get yelled at. Tourist shouldn't have much to buy there. Visit and stroll then leave. Avoid lunch time.
  • Love this mostly local food farmers market. Excellent prices for the quality and flavor. Not industrial farming, you will taste the food as nature intended. NON-GMO food. NON- Monsanto and NON-Syngenta. Fantastic vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts, herbs and bread. Great meats and alcohol deals too, but I don't go for meat or booze. My biggest tip, buy all the berries you can carry, they are the best you will ever eat in your lifetime and buy the small apricots, peaches and nectarines. Smaller is better with produce.